Busy week highlighted by final three HCAC matches for women's tennis

Meghan Farrell

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter

HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women's tennis team will look to continue its early-season success with a bevy of matches this week, including its final three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season contests.

SCHEDULE: The Panthers will begin this week's slate by hosting Mount St. Joseph at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9. Saturday, Oct. 13, the Blue and Red will play a pair of matches away from home; they will first travel to play Defiance at 8 a.m., before trekking to Manchester to square off against the Spartans at 2 p.m. later that day. The weekend will conclude with Hanover's return home to take on Indiana-East at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14.

HOT START FOR HANOVER: The Panthers have come out of the gates with a 7-0 start that includes a 5-0 record against HCAC foes. Dating back to last fall, the Blue and Red have won 13 consecutive fall matches, and 16 of their last 18 in the autumn campaign. In their last action, Hanover posted a 6-3 victory over Rose-Hulman in which two doubles pairs garnered individual wins to go along with their duo triumphs.

Match by match, the Panthers are 36-5 in singles action and 17-4 in doubles contests. On the singles side, the Nos. 1, 5, and 6 slots have each gone 7-0, combining for 21 total victories this season.

CAMI CONTROLS COMPETITION: Play in the No. 1 singles slot has been held down by junior Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) who has eight consecutive wins in the spot dating back to last year. Among her wins was a 6-3, 6-2 decision this past Saturday against Rose-Hulman, which brought her to a 34-16 career record. Her 34 victories rank second in the team to senior Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) who has 37 career triumphs.

FARRELL SHINING: Junior Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) seems to have found her groove in the No. 2 singles spot, having gone 4-2 in singles action this year. She's won three straight-set contests, while making a comeback for the three-set winner against Transylvania earlier in the campaign. Farrell has also been proficient in the No. 1 doubles match, going 4-3 with Winternheimer as her partner-in-crime.

FOR THE STREAK: Sophomore Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) has yet to lose a collegiate singles match, having gone 14-0 dating back to last season, with 13 wins coming as the No. 6 competitor. Senior Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) has won eight straight matches dating back to last season, including nine of her last 10 showings the past two years. Hanover has also won 45 consecutive HCAC regular season matches entering this week's play.

SCOUTING THE COMPETITION: Mount St. Joseph comes into this contest 1-7 overall. The Blue and Red have won six straight matches against the Lions dating back to 2011, including a 9-0 win last season.

The Defiance Yellow Jackets are currently 3-10 on the year and will face Anderson on Wednesday, Oct. 10, before hosting Hanover on Saturday. The Panthers have won at least 11 straight over Defiance dating back to the 2007-08 season, including an 8-1 win to close out last year's fall regular season.

The Manchester Spartans sit at 0-8 overall with an upcoming matchup against Mount St. Joseph before hosting Hanover the following day. The Blue and Red have won eight straight over the Spartans, including a 5-0 win in the HCAC Tournament Semifinals last year.

The Indiana-East Red Wolves have a 5-1 overall slate and will play Grace College and Oakland City (Ind.) before visiting Hanover this weekend. The Red Wolves played Earlham as have the Panthers this year and, as the Blue and Red did, came out with a 9-0 victory.

Contact: Tyler Jester